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Friday, May 19, 2006

Virtual Schooling in the News

Okay, this is kind of odd - but my Google news alert service just started again this week. So, the Google news alert for virtual school...

Mo. Lawmakers Vote for 'Virtual School'
TMCnet - USA

... The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which would oversee the virtual school, expects it to start with about 500 students and a $2.6 million ...

Missouri poised for online high school classes
The State - Columbia,SC,USA

... Missouri, according to Education Week’s annual Technology Counts survey, would join 22 other states that provide a public virtual school. ...

Janesville students plug in to virtual school
Janesville Gazette - Janesville,WI,USA

... Wisconsin. It's a virtual high school. He's ... join them. They hope to offer their own virtual school, starting as soon as January 2007. ...


The State - Columbia,SC,USA

... exams. Sometimes, online chats, e-mail exchanges, telephone conversations and even home visits are part of a virtual school program.

Basehor Virtual School plans to graduate 30 students this year
Basehor Sentinel - Bonner Springs,KS,USA

Since 1998, the year the Basehor-Linwood Virtual School was founded, 52 students have received their high school diplomas. This ...

Missouri lawmakers vote to create virtual school
USA Today - USA

... The "virtual school" would begin offering courses during the 2007-2008 school year under legislation given final approval by a 136-20 House vote. ...

Chalk it up: ‘Virtual school’ proposal sent to governor
Columbia Missourian - Columbia,MO,USA

... The “virtual school” would begin offering courses during the 2007-08 school year under legislation given final approval by a 136-20 House vote. ...[See all stories on this topic]

Mother and daughter to graduate together
Winona Daily News - Winona,MN,USA

... She worked at the Virtual School of Winona, a nonprofit organization facilitating technology in the classroom. “It was an amazing job,” Bea said. ...

Open enroll costs Monroe
Monroe Times - Monroe,WI,USA

... In addition to students choosing non-traditional alternatives like the virtual school, Bauer and O'Neill said some of the students are going to be home-schooled ...

Online schools moving forward
The State - Columbia,SC,USA

... Mark Sanford is to sign today. The virtual-school bill stops short of authorizing a virtual school students statewide can attend entirely online. ...

A dubious virtual voucher
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg,FL,USA

... With all the attention on Opportunity Scholarships, the "K-8 Virtual School" slipped quietly through the Legislature this year, placing into law an experiment ...

Bill opens door to virtual schools
The State - Columbia,SC,USA

... A charter school bill Gov. Mark Sanford is to sign Wednesday would allow for a statewide virtual school so students can learn online. ...

When teacher turns into a mouse
Times Online - UK

... each day? It will be only a few years before the “virtual school” will be accessed from a child’s bedroom. Has any politician ...

I am still receiving my Yahoo news alert for virtual school.

Group pushes Fremont charter school
Casper Star-Tribune Thu, 18 May 2006 1:07 AM PDT

LANDER -- A proposal to create Wyoming's fourth charter school has been presented to the school board here, and supporters are touting the plan as a way to provide an educational alternative in Fremont County without detracting from the existing public school system.

Ahead of his time IHS graduate earns diploma after only three years of high school
Ionia Sentinel-Standard Thu, 18 May 2006 0:31 AM PDT

IONIA - For the first time in Ionia High School's recent history, a student will graduate after only three years of high school. IHS Principal Ben Kirby said he couldn't find any record of another student graduating as early in their high school career as Ryan Jackson will this year.

At 13, she's ready to start college in the fall
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune Wed, 17 May 2006 6:05 PM PDT

Fiona Manzella's passion is playing cello, but the 13-year-old didn't have to pull strings to win admission next fall to Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. For three years she has been schooled at home in Maplewood by her mother, Teresa Manzella, and has earned high-school credits through Minnesota Virtual Academy, an online education service in Houston, Minn. She was admitted to Baldwin based

I also received my Google Alert for cyber school.

Districts doubt charter schools’ effectiveness
The Citizen's Voice - PA,USA

... taxpayers. Under state law, school districts must pay charter and cyber schools a budgeted amount per student for the year. The ...

The cyber school option
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

... Cyber schools come under the charter school law of 2002. ... Cyber school teachers communicate with students primarily through computers in their home. ...

Internet schools growing
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

... Lynn Rodden, family coordinator at the online school's Pittsburgh Mills mall office, says the cyber school doesn't work out for all students. ...

Tax reform + school budgets = headaches
Pottstown Mercury - Pottstown,PA,USA

... "It’s hard enough to predict what will be coming next year, when you have charter school costs and the cyber school issue, special education numbers that are ...

Connecting to charter
Fort Wayne News Sentinel - Fort Wayne,IN,USA

If Indiana’s first charter cyber-school opens next fall, even as the small pilot program intended, it’s bound to be scrutinized even more closely than ...

MOSS to offer online classes this summer
Gateway Newspapers - USA

... a school. The school's first foray into cyber school started with an accelerated geometry program for two students. Paying a geometry ...

Cuts needed to avert 4.48-mill hike in school district property ...
Gateway Newspapers - USA

... students are being bused to 80 private schools within 10 miles of the community, the district is forced to pay for cyber charter and charter school tuition and ...

Chronically ill girl takes flight with Angel
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

... Nonetheless, she had been well enough to attend school until recently, when her symptoms weakened her immune system. She now attends a cyber school from home. ...

KD Investigates: PA Cyber School

It's called the Midland miracle -- a cyber school that brought new life to a struggling Beaver County steel-town. ...[See all stories on this topic]

School board eyes 4.887-mill hike
Waynesboro Record Herald - Waynesboro,PA,USA

... from last year's budget can be blamed on rising special education costs, fuel, utilities, health insurance costs and cyber charter school tuitions, Dean said. ...[See all stories on this topic]

Saltsburg residents testify against consolidation
Blairsville Dispatch - PA, USA

... Donna Smith advocated that option, indicating her daughter is slated to graduate from a cyber school this June, having already earned 44 college credits. ...

Cyber schools impact district budgets
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA

... The law requires local school districts to pay cyber schools for each student from the district enrolled in the cyber school. The ...

And the Yahoo news alert for cyber school.

Charter schools all about choice
Scranton Times-Tribune Mon, 15 May 2006 1:05 AM PDT

Spanish classes starting in kindergarten. Fourth-graders acting in Shakespeare plays. A 200-day school year, instead of the state-mandated 180.

Grad requirements will get tougher for Class of 2010
The Observer Thu, 18 May 2006 7:22 AM PDT

Ninth-graders at Rio Rancho Mid-High this fall will have four years in which each must take and pass a cyber class, a concurrent enrollment course, or an advanced placement (AP) course to be eligible for graduation in May of 2010.

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